The Torture of a Journalist: Why Assange Needs to Be Freed Now

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I remember when you saw a title like “The Torture of a Journalist” and you thought it happened in the Mideast or maybe China but in today’s harsh world it is happening in the heart of London. Nearby is Harrod’s Department Store in Knightsbridge, but inside the Ecuadorian Embassy, a journalist named Julian Assange is held captive by the British government without charge. As though it is not enough he has been without fresh air, sunlight/Vitamin D for 6 years, he has now been held in solitary confinement for 8 months and recently a 10-page provision has been written by Ecuador who gave him political asylum in the first place.

By giving Mr. Assange asylum, the country of Ecuador gave a vow to protect him indefinitely. In DeDeceDecemDecembDecembet of 2017, they went so far as to make him a citizen and named him a diplomat. Nonetheless, their President, Lenin Moreno, isolated Assange without phone, internet access. or visitors because of political statements he made on Twitter as a journalist. Recently, due to the 10-page document and the regulations within, Assange must have his lawyers bring him his food. Ecuador over the last weekend had a holiday and would not allow his lawyers to visit, so he was denied food over the weekend. According to the article seen here, Julian’s lawyer Carlos Poveda states:

“Poveda said that they are still questioning the protocol that he wants to apply to Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. He reported that the last holiday was closed and this supposedly hurt his client in basic issues such as food.”

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If Ecuador calls itself a democracy, and Lenin is just a president, why would they go so far as to deny him much needed nutrition?

Not only has Ecuador denied him food, but according to this article seen here they have replaced former staff with new that are attempting to provoke Assange into an argument which they can use to expel him from the embassy. His lawyer Carlos Poveda states in the above article:

“They changed diplomatic personnel in London since last Monday. An official, just Assange left the audience, said: “I invite you to a coffee at Hard Rock.” Was it sarcastic? Assange begins to have countless provocations. This is going to accelerate. “

When asked what will accelerate, Poveda stated:

“That the asylum be terminated. The conditions are extremely sensitive, complex, of an unusual pressure. We filed a protective action and they said that the State was separating from the relationship with Assange, that miracles are not done and that it is our problem. They throw the ball. The Attorney General (Íñigo Salvador) said that any situation that occurs will be observing the rules of conduct of the protocol and that this is the protection of the State before any international responsibility.”

The hostility towards Assange is not unusual for President Lenin Moreno as he placed his former VP in high-security prison on a charge of fraud which in itself was fraudulent. Former VP Jorge Glas went on hunger strike and as health has deteriorated was transported to the hospital. His wife and children were not allowed to see him while he was there and Jorge Glas was returned to prison without the care he needed. In all likelihood, Glas was die in solitary confinement.

There are other human rights violations that Moreno is guilty of as seen in my article seen here, but there are too many to mention in this article. You can also see the findings by the United States government on human rights violations here.

As Assange and his lawyers have filed a lawsuit against Ecuador for violations of his human rights, another item has come up. Moreno has named his choice to the Constitutional Assembly which will hear the Assange lawsuit. Hopefully, they take this protocol before the InterAmerican Court and let them decide instead as it is obvious this will be a biased court decision. You can read about Moreno’s choices to the Assembly here.

As a people who care about our free speech and human rights as individuals, we must stand up against this wicked, cruel act which has been instigated by none other than the US government who put pressure on the Ecuadorian government to turn over Assange this year. How can we as human beings stand and watch a man who exposed injustice all over the world from governments and corporations deteriorate and be tortured for it?

Julian’s mother, Christine Assange, recently put out a plea for her son. The transcript is below:

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You can also listen to it here.

The truth is folks, by overlooking this horrific atrocity being done to an innocent man, we are as guilty as those who are administering it. We cannot let this go on. We must protest, write letters to our leaders, and end what is an act against all humanity. Please, please answer Mrs. Assange’s plea to act immediately to free her son from this barbaric situation. 1538000422348-1763490758.jpg

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Julian Assange’s Life is in Danger! A Call to Action to Save Assange

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Recently, after Assange’s lawyers started the lawsuit against Ecuador for violating his human rights, Ecuador took Assange’s rights away for 4 days to see even his lawyers. (Article seen here) His lawyer Carlos Poveda stated that “The Assange Asylum termination is accelerating.” (See here) If Assange is evicted, his extradition to the United States (to face an espionage charge from an antiquated espionage act from World War One) is the next step. He faces life in prison or worse the death penalty for publishing documents just as the media in the United States does.

If we as human beings do nothing to save this man, his blood is on our hands. I am calling on you to start and attend vigils like the one I am organizing in Washington D.C. in front of the White House on November 10th at 11 am. We need people protesting! If you are unable to start or attend a protest, you can call your leaders, your legislators, and human rights organizations. I will publish a list of people to call at the end of this article.

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The treatment Assange is receiving isn’t just about free press. It’s about free speech and our rights as individuals. It is setting a precedent for how citizens and asylees are treated in the future. It is about different countries trying to remove our rights as human beings. Once a country removes free speech and free press, we end up with another Nazi regime or worse. Did people learn nothing from what took place in Germany in the 30’s and 40’s?

By allowing Assange’s solitary confinement for 7 months and not protesting and writing letters and making phone calls, we have shown our governments that his torture is fine with us. Many have stood up and taken a stand against this atrocity, but it is not enough. We need a mass movement around the world! We cannot sit idle in our comfort zones as this travesty accelerates against this strong courageous truth-teller. We cannot patiently wait for Trump to do something to save him. It is too late for that!

Even if Assange’s eviction does not take place in the near future, his health is deteriorating quickly. In the article by one of his doctors, Dr. Sean Love, seen here, Love explains his current health conditions and why something must be done for him now:

“Over this past year, I’ve met with Assange several times at the embassy in London, and have been privy to his conditions and medical record. Assange suffers both physically and psychologically from his prolonged detention—as was found in another evaluation performed in 2015, the results of which were made available to the public.[5] Assange’s detention continues to cause a precipitous deterioration in his overall condition and amounts to cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment.”

“Within the embassy, Assange is confined mostly to a single room and has had no meaningful access to the outdoors or to natural light in six years. As a result, he has developed myriad health sequelae and endured exacerbations of preexisting conditions. Because of his health issues, in 2015, Ecuadorean authorities requested that he be permitted humanitarian safe passage to a hospital in London; however, this was denied by the UK.”

“If Ecuador and the UK cannot guarantee these rights, then the Australian High Commission should seek Assange’s immediate repatriation to Australia. As the US withdraws from the UN Human Rights Council,[11]Australia has the opportunity to demonstrate moral leadership at a time when our global community needs it.”

By removing itself from the UN Human Rights Council, the United States has demonstrated its denial of human rights to all people. By supporting Ecuador and Saudi Arabia, the U.S. government has further shown that human rights are not a priority in fact. Ignoring the torture and inhumane treatment of Assange, Trump has shown he does not care about international laws protecting the individual. By ignoring the UN ruling that was issued twice that Assange is being detained illegally, the UK has shown their respect for international law as well.

If we as humans, ignore his plight, we are just as guilty as government officials who advocate to slowly assassinate Assange. I call you to action! I plead with you to save this man and save our rights before it is too late!

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Martin Luther King Jr.

“There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.”
Charles-Louis de Secondat, baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu, The Spirit of the Laws

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.”
Thomas Jefferson

“Every time we witness an injustice and do not act, we train our character to be passive in its presence and thereby eventually lose all ability to defend ourselves and those we love. ~Julian Assange

Here is my list of contacts. Unfortunately, there are so many that I ask you to visit the websites I have provided to find your representatives.

United States

Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

202-456-1111

US Senate and House of Representatives

US elected officials

Attorney General Jeff SessionsAustralian PMs

U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

202-353-1555

Australia

Parliament of Australia

PMS

Australian PMs

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

pmc.gov

United Kingdom

Theresa May

Office Address
House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Parliament/ House of Commons

House of Commons Enquiry Service
House of Commons
London
SW1A 0AA

0800 112 4272 (Freephone) or 020 7219 4272

Ecuador

only information I could find

I hope this is helpful in your endeavors.